Cyndi Lauper shows 'True Colors' and blasts use of hit in political ad
Cyndi Lauper isn't one to back down and take it. Maybe of all the '80s pop stars, she's the ultimate in-your-face, I-am-who-I-am, no-nonsense whirling dervish. So what in the world would make any political collective out there think it's okay to use one her hit song True Colors without her permission? Is the air in Washington really that thin?
"Got a phone call saying my version of True Colors was used in commercial trashing Romney," Lauper said in a string of tweets Jan. 12, according to Spinner.com. "1st, I never approved it. Not that I his a supporter, I'm not. But I wouldn't have wanted that song to be used in that way. I think...Whoever used my song should have asked, and 2, realized that Mr Romney can discredit himself without the use of my work. X cyn."
She went further in an official statement that was published by the Advocate:
"Yesterday, I learned that my version of 'True Colors' was used in a negative political ad focused on Mitt Romney without my knowledge and approval. While I am in no way a fan of Mitt Romney, my music is meant to lift people up, especially 'True Colors.' The song has been a tremendous source of healing and acceptance for so many people and for it to be used in such a negative way dishonors its history and intention. I am a huge supporter of President Obama and his re-election, but I have let the responsible party know how disappointed I am the song was used and asked that it be removed from the ad."
Spinner.com says nobody has yet been able to figure out exactly who paid for the commercial that features True Colors. It seems doubtful it was the Democrats, who tweeted after the storm: "Cyndi Lauper has never spoken truer words. Please RT."
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